Participating and Promoting Mentoring Program OpportunitiesOct 07 2015 · 0 comments · Community Involvement, Nishkian Chamberlain ·0
As accomplished professionals in a highly specialized field it is easy to forget the hard work and effort required along the path to our careers. For many of us, our careers are not an accomplishment that could be achieved without guidance from more experienced individuals. In recognition of the importance the role of mentors have played in achieving success, several engineers in the Nishkian Chamberlain office are involved in a variety of youth mentoring programs. Our roles in the programs vary, but the prevailing theme is to enlighten, motivate, and encourage students to find happiness in excelling academically, socially, and professionally.
ACE Mentor Program – Architecture, Construction, Engineering
The mission of the ACE Mentor Program is to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction. This is achieved through mentoring and by proactively supporting their advancement in the industry. ACE engages sponsors and volunteer mentors in an effort to expose students to a variety of professions and career paths within the architecture, construction, and engineering industries. The program facilitates advancement in the pursuit of these careers by providing financial support to the students involved through scholarships, grants, and internship opportunities.
As mentors we work with a local high school of our choice and meet with students once every two weeks. Part of our work involves preparing a variety of presentations that expose the students to our professional specialties. A design project is introduced half way through the academic year. The goal of the project is to design a building with full amenities in an effort to show them the meticulous coordination effort required by Architects, MEP, Structural Engineers, and Contractors. The completion of the project culminates in a banquet where each high school has an opportunity to showcase their designs.
Spark Youth Mentoring
The Spark Youth Mentoring program was founded in 2004 in an effort to strengthen local communities. Its mission is to provide apprenticeships to 7th and 8th grade students in underserved communities across the U.S. which combine mentoring, project-based learning, skill building, and career exploration. Nearly all students in the Spark program come from neighborhoods where the dropout rates are high. The program is designed to reach disengaged students early by bringing them out of the classroom and into a workplace for project-based mentoring coupled with an in-school Leadership Curriculum that emphasizes the importance of teamwork, time management, and goal setting.
The Nishkian Chamberlain office currently mentors a student once a week in our office. In our office the student receives first-hand exposure to the work we do and we guide them through a design project of their own.
National Science Bowl
The U.S. Department of Energy Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Teams are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher/mentor who serves as an advisor and coach. The teams face off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format and are tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.
Jose Machuca currently serves as the active coach for the Science Bowl competition team at his former high school, Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles. As the coach he works with the team once a week where they are rigorously preparing for a regional competition in February. This is accomplished by helping students prepare lectures on a variety of topics in science, taking field trips to local hubs focused around science (such as JPL, the Griffith Observatory, and Natural History Museums), and organizing scrimmages against other schools.
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